Golden Valley resident creates garments for stillborn babies

Tess Soholt, a retired obstetrics nurse and grandmother to an angel baby, began making angel gowns and buntings as a way to give back to mourning parents after the birth of a stillborn baby. The project honors her late grandson Andrew, who died in utero at 18 weeks. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)

Tess Soholt, a retired obstetrics nurse and grandmother to an angel baby, began making angel gowns and buntings as a way to give back to mourning parents after the birth of a stillborn baby. The project honors her late grandson Andrew, who died in utero at 18 weeks. (Sun Post staff photo by Gina Purcell)

Tess Soholt, of Golden Valley, has the heart to care for people and the skills to sew.
In May, she combined her passions to create angel gowns for stillborn babies at area hospitals from a thrifted wedding dress.
As a retired obstetrics nurse and grandmother of an angel baby, Soholt has witnessed firsthand the pain that grieving parents go through when they lose a baby.
The first baby she delivered as a nurse was a full-term stillborn whose mother had been in a car accident.
“Obstetrics is the happiest and saddest place to work,” she said.
She experienced this type of loss on a more personal level when her son Brent Rangen and his wife, Jackie, lost their son, Andrew, at 18 weeks pregnant in November 2015. The couple was able to hold Andrew and take photos. Their hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, put Andrew in a gown and provided a blanket and cap.
“When I saw the gown I thought, what a neat idea,” Soholt said. “I love to sew.”
Her angel gowns were intended to be a retirement project, a way for her to stay occupied with something she loved and a way to give back.
“It validates this child existed,” she said.

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